Courses and events

Courses and events

Courses for Members

We offer a comprehensive programme of professional development training courses designed to keep bursars and members of the senior management team up-to-date with the key issues affecting independent schools. Most of these are held in the autumn and spring terms.

Many of our training courses are available to member schools only, however, certain courses may be available to non-members.  Please email us or phone us on 01256 330369 to see if you are eligible to attend.

Themed one-day events

  • Safer Recruitment (accredited)
  • Data Protection and Cyber Security Conference
  • Health and Safety Conference
  • Clerk to the Governors (in association with AGBIS)
  • Aspiring Bursars' Course
  • HR Conference
  • Finance Conference
  • Estates Management Conference
  • Catering Conference
  • Technology Conference
  • Inspections Day

 New bursars' course (residential)

Newly appointed bursars of ISBA member schools can attend a residential two-day 'New Bursars' Course', run in early November each year, which provides a comprehensive introduction to all the issues facing bursars in independent schools.  Topics covered include the relationships between the chair of governors, head and bursar, the role of clerk to the governors, charity law and charity accounting, public benefit, inspections, safeguarding, employment law, health and safety and much more. 

Accredited health and safety courses

In association with ROSPA, accredited health and safety training makes a valuable contribution to a bursar's professional development portfolio.


The ISBA has joined forced with the training provider Educare to offer new members of schools' senior management team and governing body a comprehensive online introduction to the statutory safeguarding regulations for independent schools and their health and safety responsibilities.

Level 3-5 Award in Leadership & Management

The ISBA has invited Serco Education to deliver a pathway of accredited leadership training programmes for middle leaders working in support roles within the independent school sector.  These awards are delivered through a blended learning approach involving a face to face workshop followed by supported online studies.  All levels are accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)


The ISBA runs webinars from time to time on key issues facing the sector.

Courses open to non-member schools

Our next "So you want to be a bursar?" course will run on Wednesday 10 January 2018 at the Hampshire Court Hotel, Basingstoke. Online booking available below.

So you want to be a bursar? 10/01/2018 Hampshire Court Hotel, Basingstoke This half-day briefing will inform and guide those who are considering a career in the independent s... More information and to book